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United Way kickoff event set for Aug. 30

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/25/2016 8:11:00 AM

The Lake Martin Area United Way has announced an evening of prizes, fun photos and free hot dogs to celebrate the kickoff for its 2017 campaign. The kickoff event will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the Betty Carol Graham Technology Center at Central

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Labor Day Concert lineup set at The Amp

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 8/24/2016 8:10:00 AM

“We hope to end the summer on a good note with some good music and some good fun at The Amp,” said Russell Lands’ Robert Gunn of the Labor Day Concert at Lake Martin, set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4. “We’ll have The Vegabonds, The Bama Gamblers

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Trussville Rotary Club cooks for young cancer survivors

Trussville Tribune

Date: 8/23/2016 11:10:00 AM

Camp Smile-a-Mile is located on beautiful Lake Martin in Alexander City. Camp Smile-A-Mile (SAM) is a non-profit organization in Alabama for children who have or have had cancer. Trussville Rotary Daybreak Club started this event as an annual service

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STATE PARKS FUNDING: Aug. 29 meeting to educate public about Amendment 2

News Courier

Date: 8/23/2016 5:08:00 AM

Similar meetings have been held at the Pelham Civic Center in Shelby County and Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City. A meeting is also planned for this evening in Gulf State Park. “A 'yes' vote for Amendment 2 will help our state park system become

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College Sailing Spotlight: Auburn University

Sailing World

Date: 8/22/2016 1:33:00 PM

The distinction they make between the racing and recreational sides of the club is unique. The team sails out of the Dixie Sailing Club on Lake Martin, an hour from campus. The long drive forces the sailors to plan their practices and events carefully

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Length: 880 Miles
• Surface Area: 41,150 Acres
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
• Length: 31 Miles
Lake Martin is a man-made reservoir located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama on the Tallapoosa River. It was formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.

One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.

Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.

Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.

Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.

Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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